Rotary Club of 
     Corning New York


Oct 08, 2015
Gail Hoffstetler
Corning & Rochester YMCA's Team Up, Introduction by Gil Sweet
Oct 15, 2015
Nicole Didas
P-T & Me, Introduction by Gil Sweet
Oct 22, 2015
Michael Printup
Watkins Glen International, Introduction by Bill Boland
Oct 29, 2015
Dr. Alan Rae
Ceramic Corridor, Introduction by Bill Boland
Nov 12, 2015
Dr. Mike Hoffman
Climate Change, Introduction by Dick Pope

Club Executives & Directors

President Elect
Past President
Vice President
Director, Club Service
Finance Director
Director, New Generations
Director, Community Service
Director, International Service
Director, Sustaining Fund
Director, Rotary Foundation
At Large Board Member
At Large Board Member

Club Information

Welcome to our Club!


Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:10 PM
Radisson Hotel Corning
125 Denison Parkway East
Corning, NY  14830
United States
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The Stories of Corning Rotary

It was a brilliant blue skied day that brought the community out to celebrate the unveiling of the First Responders Honor Park in Gang Mills. 
The Friday September 11, 2015 event was highlighted by honor guards from Steuben County Sheriff’s office, the New York State Police and emergency management directors from Steuben, Chemung and Schuyler counties, who raised the majestic flags that will fly over the park. 
The day’s ceremony also included the special recognition of the first, The First Responder of the Year, Ret. Station Commander Mike Case, of the NY State Police.
Corning Rotarians , Don Creath, Ernie Danforth, John Carpenter, Kelly Copp, Elaine Farwell, Dick Pope, D. Michael Platt and Anton Spycher were instrumental in leading this successful and enduring project from inception.
The park is located at the corner of Forest Drive and South Hamilton Street (Route 417), Gang Mills.  It features 4 honor beds with inscribed pavers, honoring firefighters, police and medical and rescue personnel from the Chemung, Steuben and Schuyler counties.
If you are interested in purchasing a paver in honor of your favorite first responder, please visit the Corning Rotary Commemorative Pavers Web Page.
The residual funds received from the pavers will be used for a perpetual maintenance endowment for the park.
Not coincidentally, the Honor Park was dedicated on Patriot Day, and will be used for annual observances of the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks.  Let us never forget…

3 Things Rotary “Brick & Mortar” Deliver!
1) A place to rest and dream
2) A place to gather with the ones you love
3) A place to call HOME
Corning Rotary members Francis LaLomia, Melanie Owens and Kelly Copp joined a team of 39 this past April who traveled to Talnique, El Salvador to build homes and dreams! The traveling carpenters included 13 from the Corning area. The youngest team members included Rotary Interact students from CPP High School - Shivani Tambi, Sophie Henneman, Nina Dingel and Becky Roche.
During the 9 day trip the team built right alongside the families that would eventually occupy the modest 400 Sq. Ft. homes. They shared smiles, laughter, tears and dreams long dreamed. Ultimately, these tiny little homes, big in heart, provide welcome shelter to a family of 6-14 that includes 3 generations of loved ones!
"These Rotary brick and mortar projects are important because not only are they changing the lives of the communities we build in, but the ones who are donating their time and money as well." ~ Francis LaLomia
If you want to learn more about building homes and changing lives in El Salvador in 2016, please contact Francis at

At its May 28, 2015 meeting the Corning Rotary Club awarded membership in the Paul Harris Society to Wendy Winnett.

‘This is such a wonderful surprise’, Winnett said, ‘There are so many things I love about the people in this club, what the club does in the community, and how all that reflects on the core value of Rotary, ‘Service Above Self.’ 
Wendy Winnett receives Paul Harris as husband Pete looks on.
Buddy Cutler became the Club's new president at the annual changeover dinner held Thursday night, June 25th. 60 some Rotarians, spouses and guests helped usher in another era as we thanked outgoing president Andy Taylor for his year of service. Here Buddy's wife Sharon pins on his president's badge.

Our Youth Exchange student Pimpisut Unpradit ('Tatty' of Thailand), on the left, graduated from Corning-Painted Post High School Friday night, June 26, 2015. She leaves shortly for a USA bus tour with other exchange students, and then back home the first part of August. We had a great year with her, and wish her the best.

“Thankfully the children and staff of House with Heart are safe after the massive earthquake on Saturday. Our buildings are still standing, but have been heavily damaged. The aftershocks are ongoing and very frightening, not to mention extremely dangerous. We are currently housing and feeding about 75 people on our property. Everyone is crammed into two large tents we purchased last week (!) in the event of such a disaster. We have some emergency food and water supplies, but those will run out soon, so we’re working to find sources. All of the shops are closed. There is no power or telephone, but we are able to occasionally get through to staff and the children on cell phones.” 
Over the years, Corning Rotary has made significant investments in the physical safety, health, and education of the children at Ghar Sita Mutu - the House with a Heart. This program provides a home for abandoned children, programs for destitute women, and an outreach for those in Katmandu, Nepal.
Our dear friend and Rotarian Linda Spencer passed away unexpectedly on March 14. At our March 19 meeting Linda was remembered aa a generous person, who constantly and humbly gave back to her community. To her fellow Rotarians she was welcoming and funny. She was a giver to Rotary. On the Friday night before her death, while not feeling well, she was hard at work helping to pull the International Dinner together. She will be deeply missed.

At the March 12th meeting the Literacy committee, in partnership with the Sustaining Fund, presented a major new literacy initative that will provide books to Winfiied Elementary School kids year round. The program will start with kindergartners, providing one book a month through second grade, and will track their reading development over time.

Corning Rotary presents their 15th Annual International Dinner  [dinner menu] on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM at the Radisson Hotel Corning.  The evening raises money and awareness of our international programs that enhance the lives of our brothers and sisters around the globe. It is also an evening of celebration for our local international community. This year marks a change of season for our event from November to March and features Charlie Craig from Corning Incorporated as our honorary chair. 
Campbell-Savona High School was the site of the 14th annual Regional Spelling Bee on March 5, 2015. The 'Bee' is sponsored by the Corning Rotary Club. A team of 8 Rotarians produced the event, won by 12 year old Jairam Hathwar, a sixth grader at Corning's Alternative School for Math and Science. Jairam's next stop is the Scripp's National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, MD May 24 - 29, where he will be cheered on by brother Sriram, co-winner of last year's national contest.

Past President Richard Puccio received a recognition on behalf of the Corning Rotary Club as one of the top 11 clubs in the district for support of the International Polio Plus initiative to eradicate Polio from the world.


Four Club Members, Our Exchange Student Tatty and two spouses attended the Eastern Cities Dinner in Rochester on 10/27 with honored guest, Rotary International Foundation Chair John Kenny.

Dick Pope presented John Kenny with a gift from the club
We all know if you want something done quickly, smoothly, happily and successfully, just ask our women members to take on the job. Well, March is Women's History Month. Women joined the Rotary Club in 1989, and the club selected its first woman President in 1994, Ann Clarke. She was followed by Nora Smith (1998), Cathy Crandall (2002), Laurie Charlton (2004), Susan O'Leary (2010) and our own Michele Donegan in 2013. There are currently 30 women members in Corning Rotary. So at the next meeting say 'Happy Women's History Month' and 'thanks' to our women members for their contributions to our club.

For the second year in a row the Corning Rotary Club presented the annual Regional Spelling Bee held March 7th at the Campbell-Savona Senior High School. This year a record 53 conteststants competed for a trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington DC on May 28 and 29.


Fellow Rotarian Shirley Magana, CEO of the Corning Hospital since 2008, was thrilled to talk about the new hospital under construction in East Corning, just down the hill from Rotarian Tony Spychers¹
This $142 million project will have 221,000 sq. ft. and all 65 rooms will be private, each containing sleep sofas and other amenities. Shirley described all the new equipment like MRI, CT scanner, PET scan and linear accelerator, all stateof the art. Outpatients will comprise 75% and a three day stay is anticipated for inpatients.
In addition to the five more expansive OR¹s there will be two procedure rooms and an eight bed ICU. The ER will have two fast track rooms in addition to 18 treatment rooms. An 18,000 sq ft cancer center will be attached.
Shirley showed views of the inside: the entrance, the cancer center, a patient room and an obstetric room, all designed for the comfort of the patients and their family. 

The Corning Rotary Club presented a check for $1,200 to the Corning Meals on Wheels at it's weekly meeting on January 9th at Noon at the Radisson Hotel Corning.  The money was donated by members at the club's annual holiday party in December.  Pictured are from left to right:  Bill Boland, Club Service Chair,  David Smith, Executive Director of Corning Meals on Wheels and Michele Donegan, Club President.

The Annual Holiday Party took place on Thursday December 19th at the Country Club. Spirits were high, with a festive mood. 
The sweet sounds of harpist Maryalice Little greeted guests as they arrived and continued through dinner. Also greeting guests were elf sales teams selling tickets to determine which bachelor would be picked by Rudolphina, the red-nosed' reindeer in the Holiday Party Dating Game that was played later. But first, MC Ted Goldwyn kicked things off with his distinctive sense of humor.
At a recent meeting Ellen mentioned she was having some trouble without her German keyboard. Brian Klotz and his Corning Inc. associates worldwide went to work and had one delivered from overseas. A happy Ellen is shown here with Brian.

The Lis Event Team
The recent Lis Hudson-Heininger fundraiser was a tremendous success. A great team of Corning Rotarians put on this event to fund Lis Hudson-Heininger's advocacy for Lyme disease awareness, and to defer a portion of her substantial medical expenses. And thank you to all the Rotarians that participated to raise $28,000. Imagine that. A bright moment in our Rotary experience. And a shout out to Lis to keep her spirit behind the Lyme disease awareness initiative. ALBUM

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